Honda: McLaren found change difficult
18 September 2017 – Honda's motorsport boss, Masashi Yamamoto, believes McLaren is a "systematic" company which can struggle to adapt to change, and hopes Toro Rosso will be more open to ideas.
McLaren and Honda reunited in 2015 but the partnership has been beset by a lack of reliability and performance, and the parties will split at the end of the year.
Honda will instead link up with Toro Rosso, in a multi-year deal, and Yamamoto is optimistic that the Faenza-based outfit will be more receptive to change.
"Working with McLaren, I've realised that they are a very big company which is very systematic," Yamamoto said in an interview with the official Honda website.
"It's obviously very strong because of that, but at the same time they can find it hard to adapt to change.
"Compare that to Toro Rosso, it is a company that is growing. It is very important for us to work in partnership together, heading towards the same goal.
"So for us we are very much looking forward to being able to work closer.
"Take this for an example: If we compare both teams with different cuisines, let's say McLaren is a very sophisticated French cuisine, that's the way it is.
"Then Toro Rosso is more like a countryside, homemade delicious stew where you can add new ingredients. We're excited to do that
"The regulations go on until 2020 so we still have three years and we want to show our improvements in the technology.
"We want to show Honda's potential."
Yamamoto, though, conceded that Honda was unable to meet McLaren's expectations, and failed to deliver the results it anticipated.
"Our motto as McLaren-Honda is 'One Team' – working together to get performance," he explained.
"However, we didn't perform as well as we hoped in the pre-season tests, so from the beginning of the season onwards we were unable to deliver as much power as we wanted, and McLaren expected.
"Obviously Honda would have preferred to stay in partnership with McLaren, but we were not able to reach the performance and reliability targets set by the team.
"This created tension between us and unfortunately separation was the result. In the world of Formula 1 it's important to get the results, it's part of the deal."
McLaren-Honda currently holds ninth place in the Constructors' Championship.